ok, you convinced me. i assume that that "fistbump" was some gentle ribbing. g-d forbid to actually use a lone emoticon as a post. amirite? i think the issue is like this. there is not necessarily enough serious questions or events in the lives of those who populate this subforum, or at least ones they are comfortable sharing publicly, to keep these types of threads going on a daily, or even possibly weekly basis. most threads, even if they have a great concept, will generally die without consistent activity. as well, i imagine the foreboding nature of the OPs, made some people hesitant to post, for fear that they would be belittled, or their posts would just be deleted. combine that with the fact most people still post a lot in the other threads, many may not even be aware of these ones existence. especially if they dont check the home page of GC. that gives the news ones some serious obstacles to overcome. the regular pissed off/happy threads, are well established, and although they contain lots of minor and ancillary events, it keeps them going, and in front people. every now and again, someone posts something serious in there, either in way of statement or question, and due to the threads constant activity and popularity, it gets lots of eyeballs, and as well, responses, to the serious things. while the less serious things, get none, or a few replies (or sometimes a lot, to the dismay of some people), at least they keep the thread in peoples vision. that is why i think these threads have not succeeded as of yet. just my 2 cents on the matter.